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TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Hand Warmers

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Tune in to the news and you will hear about the spate of cold weather in the U.S. and other parts of the world. If you are planning on being outdoors as part of your travels, a hand warmer might be on your list of bring along items.

There are several types of hand warmers. Continue reading to see the packing guidelines for each type:

Air Activated Hand Warmers

Air Activated (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Air Activated - These are the more common disposable types that are activated when you open the package and expose them to air. They can be packed in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Battery Powered - Battery powered hand warmers are permitted in both carry-on and checked baggage. Check out this post for more information on batteries.

Crystallization - This is the type that you flex or squeeze to activate. They contain liquid and require adherence to our 3-1-1 guidelines. They can be packed in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Crystallization Hand Warmer

Crystallization (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Lighter Fuel Hand Warmer

Lighter Fuel Hand Warmer

Lighter Fuel - These hand warmers are permitted in carry-on bags. They can be packed in checked baggage as long as they are empty with no noticeable fuel vapors. If they contain fuel, they must be placed in a DOT marked airtight case. Lighter fuel by itself is prohibited all together.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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